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Simulation and Optimization of Complex Architecture Wells With Smart CompletionsNormal access

Authors: Jamil Al-Thuwaini, Shamsuddin Shenawi and Bevan Yuen
Event name: SPE/EAGE Reservoir Characterization & Simulation Conference
Session: Reservoir Characterization & Simulation
Publication date: 19 October 2009
Organisations: SPE, EAGE
Language: English
Info: Extended abstract, PDF ( 2.69Mb )

Multilateral-well technology improves well productivity by maximizing reservoir contact, resulting in field development with fewer wells and minimizing water and gas coning. The current practice of drilling long horizontal wells (up to eight km) poses the greatest technological challenge in completing the wells because of geological uncertainties, hydraulical and mechanical complications. Tremendous efforts have been made by the oil industry to meet these drilling challenges, and also in the design and completion of hese types of wells. Since 2002, over 440 horizontal, multilateral and maximum reservoir contact (MRC) wells have been drilled and equipped with active Inflow Control Valves (ICV) and passive Inflow Control Devices (ICD) in Saudi Aramco. The complex
architecture of those wells generally makes them more expensive to drill and complete. Therefore, their use must be justified and well planned. The planning of complex architecture wells requires thorough modeling studies to optimize total length, configure branches, place ICV and ICD along the motherbore to achieve balanced inflow along the horizontals, overcome high frictional pressure loss from heel to toe, alleviate reservoir pressure variation along the laterals, decrease coning or cusping of gas and water, and control gas or water production from offending laterals. Advanced well completion technology, which improves well productivity and maximizes sweep, is becoming the main stream development technology in Saudi Aramco. Numerous future wells and reentries are planned as complex architecture wells with smart completions. Realizing the important role of reservoir simulation, and the difficulties of modeling and optimizing of these complex architecture wells, Saudi Aramco embarked, in 2002, to develop simulation technologies for the evolving complex architecture wells with smart completions. In-house simulation and optimization efforts for complex architecture wells with smart completions have increased drastically since 2002. In fact, two industry joint projects, with a service provider, developed a new simulation workflow for the complex architecture wells with smart well completions. This paper will present simulation, design and optimization of four field cases with complex architecture wells equipped with ICD and ICV. Well
configurations, geologic uncertainty and placements of ICD and ICV along the laterals are optimized using the neural network, genetic algorithms, and proxy models.

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